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Spanish Rice

Apr 24, 15 Spanish Rice

By Kelly Bogard

Rice. Grown with pride by Texas farmers.

It’s not a huge crop by Texas standards. But it’s an important economic driver in Southeast Texas.

My favorite is a long-grain basmati rice, also known as Texmati.

It has an amazing buttery flavor perfect for this week’s south of the border treat. Just in time for next week’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

For Spanish Rice, you will need…Spanish Rice
2 tbsp. butter
1 ½ cups long-grain rice
½ white onion
1 green bell pepper
1 jalapeno
1 tbsp. minced garlic
28 oz. stewed tomatoes, diced with juice
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. chili powder
1 ½ cups water

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Finding inspiration across Texas

Apr 21, 15 Finding inspiration across Texas

By Jessica Domel

I spend a lot of time looking for inspiration. I scroll through Twitter. I look at Facebook. I read a lot of books. But over the years, I’ve found that my greatest source of inspiration and creativity is people.

I can capture a hundred great photos of wildflowers that people will like. But it takes a photo of a sweet little girl blowing on her first dandelion to get the reaction I’m looking for.

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Pot Roast

Apr 17, 15 Pot Roast

By Kelly Bogard

There are no alarm clocks on a farm. And sun up and sun down aren’t always the indication of the start and end of a work day for farmers and ranchers.

But a warm meal is always a welcome sight, no matter the time of day. And it’s always worth the wait.

Just like this week’s recipe. It’s a traditional favorite that takes a little time and effort. But that tasty meal is definitely worth the wait!

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A case of Spring Fever

Apr 14, 15 A case of Spring Fever

I’ll admit it. I have a severe case of Spring Fever.

The soil is calling my name, and I’m itching to dig my fingers in it.

Getting outdoors and embracing nature just does something good for the soul. It’s why farmers and ranchers enjoy their jobs.

And it’s one of the many reasons I enjoy being a part of Texas agriculture.

Nothing can beat the smell of freshly plowed soil. As a little girl, I was the lucky one. I’d sit in the fields, soaking up the sun and the smell of black dirt that surrounded my home.

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Apr 10, 15 Strawberry Spinach Salad

By Kelly Bogard

Bluebonnets. Baby calves. Telltale signs of spring in the Lone Star State. But the sticky sweetness and slight tartness of Texas strawberries lets my taste buds know spring has truly sprung.

Bite, slice or dip. Strawberries are just plain delicious.

And a crate full arrived at our office last week from longtime farmer Cora Lamar in Poteet.

Bright red berries, like the ones Cora grows, take center stage at the Poteet Strawberry Festival. It kicks off today and runs through Sunday and has everything from a strawberry auction to a parade. You can also meet some local strawberry growers. They really get into their berries.

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